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Structure

Handbook

Courses

The degree is available either full-time over one academic year or part-time over two academic years (commencing September). It comprises two core courses (15 credits each), options to the value of 60 credits chosen by the student in consultation with the degree coordinator, and a dissertation of 15,000 words prepared on a germane topic, with guidance from an assigned supervisor.

Core courses

All students must take the following:

  • Mediterranean Dynamics (ARCLG206; 15 credits; 11 weeks)
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Foundations (ARCLG193; 15 credits; 11weeks)

Option Courses

From an outstanding range of Masters course options, students choose options worth 60 units of credit (usually four 15-credit courses), at least one of which must be chosen from those of the following dedicated Mediterranean options which are running:

  • Mediterranean Prehistory (ARCLG205, 15 credits, 11 weeks; if not taken as a core course)
  • The Transformation of the Roman Mediterranean (ARCLG345, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Mediterranean World in the Iron Age (ARCLG202, 15 credits, 11 weeks)

At least 30 credits must be made up from the list below of option courses recommended for this degree programme:

  • Aegean Prehistory: major themes and current debates

    (ARCLG195, 15 credits, 11 weeks)

  • Ancient Italy in the Mediterranean (ARCLG203, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East: a Comparative Approach (ARCLG313, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Art: Interpretation and Explanation (ARCLG067, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • British and European Prehistory: Neolithic to Iron Age (ARCLG218, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Egyptian Archaeology: An Object-Based Theoretic Approach (ARCLG200, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Intangible Dimensions of Museum Objects from Egypt (ARCLG342, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Making and Meaning in Ancient Greek Art (ARCLG340, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Making and Meaning in Ancient Roman Art (ARCLG341, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Medieval Archaeology: selected topics and current problems (ARCLG004, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Middle Bronze Age to the Iron Age in the Near East: City-States and Empires(ARCLG270, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Museum and site interpretation (ARCLG034, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Society and Culture in ancient Egypt (ARCLG226, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of the Near East: The emergence of villages and urban societies (ARCLG269, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Current topics (ARCLG194, 15 credits)

The remaining 15 credits may also come from this list or can be chosen from amongst an outstanding range of other Masters courses offered at the UCL Institute of Archaeology or more widely within UCL and the University of London, including the UCL Department of History, the UCL Department of Greek and Latin, the School of Oriental and African Studies, King’s College London, and Royal Holloway College London. All options are subject to availability and resources. All options are subject to availability and resources.

Languages

Students are not required to take language options, but those interested in pursuing the archaeology of the Near Eastern or Classical Mediterranean at doctoral level are particularly encouraged to take advantage of the outstanding range of options in Greek, Latin, Egyptian and Coptic available at UCL (at all levels and subject to availability). Further language options are available at the School of Oriental and African Studies including Akkadian, Hittite, Mesopotamian Languages, Hebrew and classical Arabic (subject to availability). A wide range of modern language options are also on offer at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education including academic reading courses in French, German and Italian.

Dissertation

A dissertation of 15,000 words (90 credits) will be prepared by the student on a suitable topic, resulting from individual research in depth with guidance from an assigned supervisor.

Examples of past dissertation projects include:

  • Ancient Italy: a social prehistory of language
  • To burn or to bury? Mediterranean inhumation and cremation practices from the Late Bronze Age to the Iron Age.
  • Theoretical and practical advances in underwater regional archaeological survey
  • A study of Mediterranean exchange routes from an analysis of Phoenician and Etruscan materials in southeastern Iberia
  • A stylistic study of ivory figurine heads from Nimrud
  • The social and cultural significance of Etruscan female anatomical votives
  • A study of Late Prepalatial Crete and interaction with the East Mediterranean
  • Archaeological risk management and the Mediterranean

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